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19 July 2019


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Melanie B

I also am largely satisfied with the division of labor in our house. Especially of cognitive labor. And what you say about cognitivizing the work of mothering at home resonates with me as well. We obviously have very different personalities and competencies and thus our approaches as to how we go about that work are very different, but I also derive great satisfaction from the intellectual aspects of raising and teaching children.

I like the way you enumerated the possible reasons for your lack of dissatisfaction.


I missed one possibility, which is that I haven’t totted it up correctly.


I like the phrase 'cognitive labor' to describe this work.

For me, it is hard to distinguish between uneven divisions of labor and just plain ole overwhelm. There's so much to do and so little space in which to do it.

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